Bobsled driver Steven Holcomb is heading into the Sochi Olympics in Russia on as much of a high as he probably could want.
The Park City native and reigning Olympic champion won the final four-man race of the World Cup season in Germany on Sunday, snapping a four-year span without a victory in the event on European soil — just a week after winning a two-man race in Europe for the first time in almost seven years.
"The momentum we’re building heading into the Olympics is incredible," Holcomb said. "We came out today and put it all together, and it feels great to end the season on this note."
Holcomb will aim to sweep the two-man and four-man titles in Sochi, with the two-man race scheduled for Feb. 16-17 and the four-man race Feb. 22-23. Four years ago at the Vancouver Olympics, he became the first American in 62 years to win gold in the four-man race.
Holcomb and his "Night Train 2" crew of Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton and Alpine’s Chris Fogt won the race in Koenigssee a combined two-run time of 1 minutes, 38.54 seconds to beat Switzerland’s Beat Hefti by 0.09 seconds.
The victory clinched second place for Holcomb behind Germany’s Maximilian Arndt in the overall four-man standings for the World Cup season, his best finish since 2010. He won the two-man title Saturday for the first time since 2007.
"It came down to the unfortunate crash we had in Winterberg," Holcomb said. "We would have won the overall four-man title if it hadn’t been for that, and it goes to show that every race counts. Our goal was a top five overall finish, and we not only met that, but actually exceeded it. We’re right where we want to be going into Sochi."
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